DVD Discovery: Magic Act

You know the feeling you get at the peak of a suspenseful scene? At the breathless moment where you’re waiting for the inevitable gunshot, the doom-laden footsteps or the damning, climactic line of dialogue? That simultaneously delightful and miserable squirminess? Well if you’re into that — and who isn’t, at least a little? — writer/director […]

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Give Him a Hand

Those multi-tools sure do come in handy, don’t they? Okay, I swear that’s my last hand-related pun in reviewing Danny Boyle’s newest film 127 Hours . Boyle, the genius director who has brought us films as diverse as Trainspotting, 28 Days Later and 2008’s hugely popular Slumdog Millionaire , has again changed genres like some […]

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What a Crowe wants

I don’t know if it’s simply a matter of his size and notorious anger or just because I’m soft-brained, but I imagine that when the cameras stop rolling, Russell Crowe turns into someone who talks like the Incredible Hulk. “Crowe want be left alone! Crowe hungry! Crowe smash! Crowe make poor decisions on films of […]

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PTA gets his pinch on

Happy Friday to ya, folks. Nothing really big percolating this week, so I thought I’d hit you with a goodie that will make at least a few people I know smile ear to ear. Recently, my personal pick for most brilliant writer/director currently above ground, Paul Thomas Anderson (or PTA as his buddies call him…because […]

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